Giammarco’s adds spice, authenticity to celebrate special occasions

Giammarco's Italian Restaurant owner Tom Bernardo, right, and general manager Mo Abusido are shown clinking glasses inside the restaurant June 23 in Westerville.

Editor’s Note: This is the 15th in a series about iconic Westerville businesses that are featured monthly.

Westerville residents have been marking life’s special moments by celebrating at Giammarco’s Italian Restaurant, 6030 Chandler Court, since 1999.

“It’s a place where the community goes for special events in their lives,” said Tom Bernardo, owner. “I’m having our 40th high school reunion here for Westerville North.”

He said his cousin, Vicki Giammarco, started it all 23 years ago across the street from its current location, and he purchased it in 2001.

The popular restaurant had seating for 40 customers in the original location near United Dairy Farmers, expanding to 80 seats before Bernardo enlisted the help of his sister, Julie Godfrey, who helped with the building of its current location that has a seating capacity for 400, including its expansive patio.

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